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Price calls for review of lunch program

DCSS School Board at-large candidate Lane Price held a news conference Tuesday to urge a review of DCSS employees’ free and reduced lunch applications.

DCSS School Board at-large candidate Lane Price held a news conference Tuesday to urge a review of DCSS employees’ free and reduced lunch applications.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty County School Board at-large candidate Lane Price, at a news conference Tuesday, issued a call for immediate review of free or reduced lunch applications by system employees to ensure funds are being used properly.

"My reasoning for this is that the people of Albany and Dougherty County need to be assured that there is no fraud or wrongdoing within our school system," said Price, who is running against incumbent Anita Williams-Brown. "We need to prove that the employees are following the guidelines.

"If during this investigation, it is determined that there were fraudulent cases, then immediate action should be taken."

Price, the medical director for Willson Hospice House, said the FRM (Free or Reduced Meals) program is too important to ignore. According to data the school system submitted to the state, more than 82 percent of the district's 16,343 students qualified for free or reduced-cost meals in the fiscal year that ended Saturday.

"We must be accountable to the families who rely upon this free and reduced lunch program to make sure the available funds are used properly," said Price. "In addition, other programs are tethered to FRM numbers. It is these numbers that help determine dollars for other federally funded programs."

Price added that with the new school year approaching quickly, time is critical.

"We are a little more than 30 days from the start of the next school year," she said. "There has yet to be a revised procedure put into place that will help our school system catch any fraud that may occur intentionally or mistakenly in the future. This revised procedure must be in place before students return to school and before their parents are asked to complete the new computerized application.

"It is imperative that this investigation begin immediately in order for our system to begin a new year with a clean slate. We do not want to jeopardize the children who truly need this program."

As first reported Tuesday on albanyherald.com, the Georgia Department of Education is investigating the Dougherty school district's free and reduced-cost lunch program, citing doubts that the numbers provided by the system were accurate.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

Eric Holder is dispatching a dozen DOJ agents as we speak to ensure that the proposed review DOES NOT HAPPEN! Too many Democrat Party votes are at stake. Stay tuned.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 4 months ago

Read the applications. See if they work at P&G. The clues are all there. When you are on food stamps, you still have enough money to feed your child. You make him a lunch. Or feed him breakfast. There are costs involved in raising a child or were you clueless when you made that baby? In fact, I bet there are volunteers in both races who would do research on the applications. It has nothing to do with the right of privacy. When you sign that thing it tell you that you are being honest and could be committing a felony for a lie.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

The only felony at stake here is Velvet Riggins and the felony is fraud by a public official. The rest of the liars and cheaters are just guilty of misdemeanor fraud.

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Kay523 2 years, 4 months ago

Lane is right - we have to teach the kids that cheating is wrong - it is moral issue more than a financial one.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 4 months ago

Finally, a candidate willing to speak up on behalf of the deserving children and families who need assistance but are being placed in jeopardy by Anita Williams-Brown and the other members of the ruling cabal on the school board. It would be nice to see the other board members follow suit in support of this call for investigation.

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Happy 2 years, 4 months ago

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FryarTuk 2 years, 4 months ago

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Happy 2 years, 4 months ago

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FryarTuk 2 years, 4 months ago

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